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King Falls AM centers on a lonely little mountain town's late-night AM talk radio show and its paranormal, peculiar happenings and inhabitants. New shows available the 1st and 15th of every month! Be sure to start from Sammy's first show (May 1st, 2015) to stay up to date with all your King Falls favorites.
 
Learn English the fun way—by listening to a podcast in English! Plain English is a program that you can understand! Join Jeff twice a week for an American English podcast about current events, such as American culture, travel, business, technology, politics and sports. The episodes also help you learn English vocabulary, idioms, phrasal verbs, English grammar and other expressions. Best of all, the show goes at the right speed for you—just a little bit slower than native speech. By listening ...
 
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" Jeff Bezos founded Amazon from his Seattle home in 1994. Since then, Bezos has built Amazon into the world’s largest online retailer. Twenty-seven years and billions of dollars later, Bezos is planning to step down as Amazon’s CEO and transition to executive chairman later in 2021. Plus, learn “step back from.” -- At Plain English, we make Englis…
 
It was only a matter of time before the pandemic made its way into pop culture, and some TV shows have already started airing COVID-19 inspired storylines. But is it too soon? This lesson evaluates three popular TV shows that incorporated the coronavirusעל ידי Jeff B. | @PlainEnglishPod | Ajudando você a aprender inglês através dos eventos atuais
 
" Everyone knows about the mega American fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s. But America’s regional chain restaurants are some of the most loved. Several of these chains hail the type of enthusiasts that sport sweatshirts with the restaurant’s logo and post selfies while eating there on social media. Warning: this lesson mig…
 
" Normally, species evolve or thousands, or even millions, of generations. Evolution occurs far too slowly for humans to observe it happening in our relatively short lifetimes. But one species in Australia is evolving differently and faster than scientists have ever seen, and they are also causing all sorts of problems. Plus, learn “pick up.” -- At…
 
" Many people around the world are now accustomed to wearing face masks daily, but an unexpected side effect of this new norm is difficulty communicating. Not only do face masks make it harder to understand someone’s voice clearly, they also make it much more difficult to read facial expressions. Today, we’re discussing some tips to communicate whi…
 
" To start off 2021, GameStop's stock was sitting at about $18 per share. Investors thought it was a dying business. But by the end of the month – and in a matter of just a few days – the stock soared to $469 per share. All of this happened, more or less, because of a group on social media. Plus, learn “run for cover.” -- At Plain English, we make …
 
" Larry King, who interviewed countless celebrities, politicians, and anyone else with a story to tell, passed away at the age of 87 last month. He hosted the highest-rated cable television talk show, Larry King Live, on CNN for 25 years, and was on radio and television for over half a century. Plus, a personal experience with Larry King and the En…
 
" A 36-year-old man lived in the Chicago-O’Hare airport for nearly three months before anyone noticed. Back in October, Mr. Singh was reportedly on his way home to India via a connection in Chicago, but he was too afraid to continue his journey amidst the pandemic. He decided to camp out in the Chicago airport instead. Plus, learn “rely on.” -- At …
 
" Since just 10 percent of the human population is left-handed, the world is designed for the 90 percent right-handed majority. Everything from using a scissors to computer design to swiping credit cards are daily inconveniences for left-handers – things most right-handers take for granted. Also, the origins of right-handed dominance and why left-h…
 
" Coca-Cola has officially retired Tab, its first diet soda, in an effort to trim its portfolio. Tab was originally intended for diabetics, but the soda took off amongst dieters seeking a low-calorie, low-sugar alternative to traditional sodas. Enthusiasts rushed to stockpile their supplies of Tab before the drink was off the shelves for good. Plus…
 
" After a couple deadly crashes grounded Boeing’s 737-MAX two years ago, the aircraft has finally been approved for takeoff again. All eyes have been on Boeing and its fuel-efficient 737-MAX aircraft, and approval processes were more thorough than ever. But passengers are still nervous to board a flight on a 737-MAX with its spotty safety record. P…
 
" The biggest vaccination effort in world history is underway. But with that, of course, comes a host of problems, and vaccinations haven’t even begun in the developing world yet. Progress is slow and below initial expectations, but there’s still some reasons for optimism. Plus, learn what it means to “make arrangements.” -- At Plain English, we ma…
 
" Starbucks is accelerating its plans to open more small format locations, adding more contactless ordering and pickup-only options. Fueled by changing consumer preferences – and likely plenty of caffeine – Starbucks will cut its expansion timeline from three to five years down to just eighteen months. Plus, learn what it means to “shake up” a rout…
 
" Wikipedia’s first official edit was on January 15, 2001, and since then, the nonprofit has built the largest collection of crowdsourced knowledge in the world. But Wikipedia as we know it isn’t how the two founders first planned. In fact, it started as something completely different. Plus, learn “over the years.” -- At Plain English, we make Engl…
 
" Remember how we used to go to this place every weekday and spend the whole entire day with a roomful of people? Today, we’re taking a nostalgic look back on the television show “The Office” from a world where most people have been away from the office for almost a year. Plus, learn what it means to “put on a brave face.” -- At Plain English, we m…
 
" Not surprisingly, theater revenue was down 70 percent in 2020, and the pandemic boosted an already-accelerating trend toward streaming movie releases. But with the end of the pandemic (hopefully) in sight, can movie theaters rebound from this? Or are theaters going to be gone…for good? Plus, learn the phrase “cash in on.” -- At Plain English, we …
 
" South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the world’s top safari destinations. Its vast area – nearly two million hectares – has extraordinary natural features and is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries on the continent. It’s home to the “Big 5” African mammal species, and 750 more. Plus, learn what it means to “blend in.” -- At Plain Englis…
 
" You know what’s the worst? Remembering passwords. But you know what else is the worst? Getting your account hacked or a big security breach. 2021 should be the year for improving your password hygiene: ditching reusable passwords, your password Excel document, and signing up for a password manager tool. Today, we’re talking about the best passwor…
 
" 2020 was a guessing game. We never knew what the next month was going to throw at us. Hopefully, 2021 will be a little more predictable. Today’s lesson ponders five questions for 2021: when life will return to normal, Europe’s leadership transitions, big tech, the rise of populism, and public transportation. Plus, learn “for good.” -- At Plain En…
 
" It’s hard to believe that we started the year with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex stepping back from their royal duties and mourning Kobe Bryant. January through March of 2020 – pre-COVID lockdowns for most of the world – feel like they happened many years ago. This episode looks back on the wild ride we’ve been on in 2020. Plus, learn wh…
 
" Just when you thought things were getting really weird… Mysterious monolith sculptures have been popping up in random locations around the globe. It’s unclear who is behind the statues, but one witness saw the creators in action. We can tell you about it, but we can’t explain it. Plus, learn “without a trace.” -- At Plain English, we make English…
 
" Less than a year after the first case of COVID-19, the vaccine rollout has officially begun. But distribution won’t be easy. From extreme temperature requirements to the vaccine’s complicated shelf life, hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies will have their hands full. But people are already feeling something they haven’t felt in a while: hope. Plus…
 
" Diego Maradona is widely considered one of soccer’s all-time greatest players. He broke many records and played a key role in Argentinian teams that won World Cups. But he was also all too human. His early and sudden rise to stardom came with many ups and downs. Plus, learn “catch up with.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the mod…
 
" This week we are celebrating one of the greatest composers of all time. It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday week, but it’s not at all how the classical music world originally planned it. Not unlike Beethoven’s own life, planning and adapting the commemorative celebrations for 2020 has been a turbulent process. Plus, learn “burn through.” -- At Plain …
 
" Cyber Monday has become a worldwide phenomenon where people shop online deals from the end of October through the New Year. But Cyber Monday deals haven’t always lasted for weeks. We’re taking you back to a time – not so long ago – when Cyber Monday really was just one Monday of online deals. Plus, learn “back up.” -- At Plain English, we make En…
 
" Black Friday used to be a fun family tradition for when families got together for the long Thanksgiving weekend. But over the years, American consumerism has driven Black Friday from a one-day shopping event to a full season of sales and spending. It’s evolved into an exhausting, competitive and even dangerous event. Plus, learn “for better or fo…
 
" NASA scientists have discovered water on the dark side of the Moon. Until recently, researchers had only confirmed water in the sunlit portions. The implications of this discovery are enormous and could change the future of space exploration as we know it. Plus, learn what it means to “cut down on” something. -- At Plain English, we make English …
 
" In 2016, Trump campaigned on radical slogans and ideas, like building a wall along the Mexican border and “draining the swamp.” But – tweets and drama aside – when you consider the Trump presidency’s accomplishments, was what they did really all that different from any other Republican president? This lesson dives into what the Trump presidency a…
 
" Finally, some encouraging news in 2020. Pfizer, the global pharmaceutical company, announced that their COVID vaccine candidate was more than 90% effective in advanced trials. Several countries have already put in orders for hundreds of millions of doses. But are they getting ahead of themselves? Plus, learn the English expression “in sight.” -- …
 
" Just like everything else in 2020, the American presidential campaign season was far from normal. President Trump’s campaign tried to carry on with business as close to usual as possible. Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s campaign took a big risk and ran a socially-distant campaign – and it just barely worked. Plus, learn “make or break.” -- At Plain Englis…
 
" Last week, we talked about how much of a hassle it is to buy a used car. In this lesson, several companies around the world are revolutionizing the used car buying process. They’re trying to make it less painful and, dare we say, fun. But this type of industry disruption comes with a host of challenges. Plus, learn “nook and cranny.” -- At Plain …
 
" Election week in the United States was a bit messier than usual, but after several days of vote counting, Joe Biden was finally elected as the next American president. After a tumultuous four years under President Trump, many are hopeful that some normalcy will be restored. As the mayor of Paris tweeted, “Welcome back, America.” Plus, learn the E…
 
" Buying a car, especially a used car, is one of the worst consumer shopping experiences. The buyer is at a disadvantage, and the seller is in the driver’s seat, so to speak. But with such a huge market for used cars, why hasn’t the industry stepped up to create a better buying experience? Plus, learn what it means to have “peace of mind.” -- At Pl…
 
" The second wave of COVID-19 is officially here. Across Europe, new lockdown orders are being put in place as countries are seeing a sudden spike in cases. Will it be any easier the second time around? Experts warn a long, hard few months are ahead. Plus, learn what a “balancing act” is. -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern …
 
" In part two on fall’s favorite fruit, we’re sharing how pumpkin is eaten, sipped, and one surprise use. From snacks to desserts to drinks, pumpkin is a versatile ingredient in fall recipes. It has even created a near cult-following for a seasonal Starbucks drink. Warning: this episode could make you hungry. Plus, learn “look forward to.” -- At Pl…
 
" Pumpkins are a staple in American fall traditions, activities, and recipes. In the first of our two lesson on pumpkins, we’re talking about two things you can do with fall’s favorite fruit: you can pick them and carve them. If you’ve never carved a pumpkin before, this lesson is for you. Plus, learn what it means to “stick with” something. -- At …
 
" The pandemic has made food delivery more popular than ever. We’re sharing the inside scoop on the foods and factors that are ideal for delivery – and those that aren’t. Hopefully, you’ll never be disappointed with an order of soggy fries again. Plus, learn what it means to “wreak havoc.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern…
 
" Rafael Nadal won the twentieth Grand Slam title of his career at the French Open, tying Roger Federer’s record. Like usual, the tennis tournament was played on Paris’s famous red clay courts. But like most things in 2020, this year’s tournament was far from normal. Plus, learn what it means to “wreak havoc.” -- At Plain English, we make English l…
 
" At this point, people are taking any excuse to pack their bags and head out of cities, and right now is prime time for fall foliage and “foliage tourism” across North America. Some places even depend on the vibrant and varied colors of fall for the majority of their tourism revenues. Plus, learn what “leaf peepers” are and the phrasal verb “roll …
 
" Uruguay might be the only country in the world that is currently welcoming foreigners with open arms. The tiny country of 3.5 million is trying to attract 200,000 new residents. For what Uruguay lacks in flare, it makes up for in stability – which might be exactly what people want most right now. Plus, learn the English expression “fed up.” -- At…
 
" Did you know there are hundreds of thousands of man-made objects circling our planet? The objects are also multiplying: they collide into each other and split into smaller pieces. Scientists around the world are trying to figure out how to harness the objects from space and bring them back down to earth, but there isn’t a proven method yet. Plus,…
 
" It’s all fun and games until all the fun and games are canceled. In the latest in pandemic-related cancelations, Rio’s carnival parade has been postponed indefinitely. Vendors that rely on the carnival for most of their annual income are grappling with the announcement. Plus, learn what it means to “keep your options open.” -- At Plain English, w…
 
" Today, we are revisiting five previous episode topics: Alexei Navalny was poisoned; e-scooters and micromobility are making a comeback in the pandemic era; a new zero-alcohol drink was released; progress in the return to pro sports; and an update on the race for a Covid-19 vaccine. Plus, learn the phrasal verb “to break down.” -- At Plain English…
 
JR shares with you his Top 5 favorite lessons. Plus: a special message from Plain English listeners. Links to JR's favorite lessons: Lesson #160: Urban Outfitters wants to bring the sharing economy to your wardrobe with clothing rentals Lesson #130: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a Singapore showcase with a great soundtrack Lesson #41: DJ Avicii found dead…
 
" The live music industry is in trouble. Their business model isn’t exactly pandemic-friendly: they rely on packing as many people into a small indoor space as possible. Live music venues were among the first to close, and they will be the last to reopen – if they’re able to reopen at all. Plus, learn what it means to “weather the storm.” -- At Pla…
 
" Pets are known to provide emotional support and reduce anxiety in times of stress – like during a pandemic – so it’s no wonder pet ownership is booming in 2020. But even before the pandemic era, pet ownership was on the rise. In some countries, pets are even treated as superiors by their owners. Plus, learn what a “stepping stone” is. -- At Plain…
 
" It might seem puzzling to people outside of the US – who have astonishingly low approval ratings for Trump – that so many Americans will still vote for Trump in November. But if you consider the drastic American cultural shift over the last decade, it isn’t quite as surprising. Plus, learn the English expression “take credit for.” -- At Plain Eng…
 
" COVID-19 has undoubtedly taken a huge economic hit on businesses across the world. But even in the bleak economy, new pandemic spending patterns have given some companies huge boosts. Today, we’re highlighting four of the biggest business winners in the pandemic. Plus, learn the English expression “come to the rescue.” -- At Plain English, we mak…
 
" The United States is six weeks out from its presidential election, and polls show Biden with a comfortable, but slimming lead over the sitting president. Biden has been criticized for his “basement” strategy: largely staying out of the spotlight and letting Trump’s self-sabotage win him votes. Will Biden’s middle-of-the-road approach be enough to…
 
" To the hospitality industry’s delight, many Americans are slowly returning to travel. But people are discovering that travel isn’t the same in the pandemic era. Hotels have cut back on many of their standard amenity offerings, and it’s possible that some changes might stick around for good. Plus, learn the English phrase “go by.” -- At Plain Engl…
 
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